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Effective July 1, 2019, pursuant to House Enrolled Act 1344, the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency have begun the process to implement the necessary procedures and policies to allow fo for Indiana to join the Nurse Licensure Compact.

Per the Indiana State Board of Nursing website: Please note, the language effective July 1, 2019, only provides the authority for the state to begin the process of joining the Nurse Licensure Compact. The compact and its multi-state licesure provisions will not be effective until the implementation has been completed. In previous instances, a state joining the compact may require an implementation periodof up to 12 months before full enactment.

Check back on the Indiana State Board of Nursing site for up to date information

http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2019/bills/senate/351#The vet nurse bill that lost by just 3 votes,Sue Johnson addressed at the CMSA Fort Wayne 2019 Annual Conference,  it will be back in 2020. Sue writes, 'Please ask your members to join me in asking legislators to vote NO on this.'

Veterinary Nurse Initiative Still Targeting Indiana One of the bills that generated the most interest from the nursing community last session was a proposal to change the professional title of veterinary technicians to veterinary nurses. While that bill did not pass, the legislature did pass a bill instructing the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to study the regulation of veterinary technicians. This presages reintroduction of the veterinary nurse bill in 2020. A video recently posted on the Facebook page of the Veterinary Nurse Initiative further solidifies that Indiana remains a priority target. If this is an issue you care about, you need to be communicating your viewpoint to your state legislators. A statement from the American Nurses Association on this topic is posted on the ISNA website.

The National Nursing Network Organization

H.R. 1597 ↗and S. 696 ↗ The National Nurse Act of 2019

There is overwhelming evidence supporting the critical need to boost health promotion and prevention efforts as well as answer the public demand for increased leadership in nursing. The National Nurse Act of 2019 will bring forth the significant and trusted voice of the nurse to the ongoing conversation about health and health care in America. Teri Mills RN, MS, CNE (Ret.) President National Nursing Network Organization

The National Nursing Network Organization

 Nurses know that healthcare is in a crisis with soaring costs and rising epidemics of preventable conditions ranging from obesity to opioid addiction. Many nurses are calling for change to mobilize nurses in a nationwide effort. They propose that leadership provided by the Chief Nurse Officer (CNO) of the U.S. Public Health Service/ National Nurse for Public Health would strengthen efforts by nurses in every community to assist in initiating a nationwide shift to prevention to yield improved health outcomes.

Who Will Be the National Nurse for Public Health?

Congress will designate the same individual serving as the Chief Nurse Officer ↗, an existing position in the U.S. Public Health Service ↗, as the National Nurse for Public Health. The goal is to elevate and enhance the position of the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS to bring more visibility to the critical role nursing occupies in promoting, protecting, and advancing the nation's health.

What Will the National Nurse for Public Health Do?

The National Nurse for Public Health will perform those responsibilities currently being executed by the CNO and will additionally incorporate these roles more prominently:

Support the Surgeon General’s Focus on Prevention

•Assist in promoting a nationwide shift in healthcare to prevention and wellness.

•Bolster efforts to focus the public on healthy living.

•Intensify roles for nurses, including students and retirees, in community health promotion.

•Provide greater support to the Surgeon General ↗ in calling for improvements in health literacy and reduction in health disparities.

Develop Nurses as Community Health Advocates

•Encourage all nurses to spread prevention messages in their communities.

• Encourage participation of nurses in Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) ↗ units.

•Provide leadership to network with existing volunteer health promotion efforts.

•Strengthen linkages with providers, nursing programs, and public health leadership.

Promote Professional Nursing

•Serve as a visible national spokesperson for public health efforts in professional nursing.

•Increase public awareness of nursing roles and contributions.

• Enhance nursing recruitment and education throughout all communities.

•Support and justify additional funding for nursing education, research and service.

Why is a National Nurse for Public Health Needed?

To slow the growing epidemics of preventable diseases: •The U.S. obesity epidemic continues to worsen. In 2015-2016 the prevalence of obesity was 39.8% ↗ and affected about 93.3 million of US adults.

• A 2018 study ↗ found that an average of 8.2 percent of Medicaid dollars go to treating obesity—with some states spending more than 20 percent of their Medicaid dollars on treating obesity and related illnesses.

• Six in ten Americans ↗ live with at least one chronic disease, like heart disease, cancer, stroke, or diabetes. live with at least one chronic disease like heart disease, cancer, stroke, or diabetes.

•In 2015, the economic cost of the opioid crisis ↗ was $504.0 billion, or 2.8 percent of GDP that year. This is over six times larger than the most recently estimated economic cost of the epidemic.

Promote health awareness, increase health literacy, and reduce health disparities:

•Just 12 percent of U.S. adults ↗ had proficient health literacy.

•Over a third of U.S. adults ↗—77 million people have difficulty with common health tasks, such as following directions on a prescription drug label.

•Infectious diseases such as Hepatitis C are more prevalent among Black Americans who account for 22 percent of Hepatitis C cases ↗, despite only making up around 13% of the U.S population.

To promote health careers and increased resources:

•The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for 649,100 replacement nurses ↗ the workforce bringing the total number of job openings for nurses due to growth and replacements to 1.09 million by 2024.

•Public health workforce needs are critical with a need for more than 250,000 new healthcare workers ↗ to meet the growing demand by 2020.

• Public health infrastructure must be strengthened ↗.

To enhance visibility and public recognition of nursing:

  • Raise awareness of diverse careers in nursing and public health.
  • Demonstrate nursing leadership and autonomy.
  • Encourage youth to explore careers in nursing and healthcare.


CALL TO ACTION: Please help pass this HR 1957 / S 696 #NationalNurseAct. We need to flood the mailboxes of our Reps and Senators. Click to save the image below and then print 3 copies and send 1 to your Rep. and 1 to each of your 2 Senators. Please do it this weekend if you can, or early next week. THANK YOU!!! Go to https://lnkd.in/eBFxfKC to find your legislators.